Schools wishing to be accredited by NEASC through CAISA must:
- Use English as a primary language of instruction and communication throughout the school.
- Demonstrate the international nature of the school through a mission which includes creating international citizens, through demographics of the student body and staff, and through the co-curricular experiences and programs offered.
- Provide a curriculum which in content, design, implementation, and assessment reflects best practices in American and international education.
- Prepare students to be able to transfer to similar schools worldwide or, upon graduation, to enter colleges and universities where English is the primary medium of instruction.
- Have several years of operating history.
- Operate outside the United States.
Schools applying for membership in NEASC through CAISA must:
- Commit to meeting established standards.
- Commit to a process of self-evaluation, peer review, and on-going systematic improvement, utilizing CAISA’s standards.
- Be willing to host a preliminary visit to assess the school’s readiness for the self-study process leading to accreditation.
- Be able to host a visiting team appointed by CAISA so as to ensure peer review.
- Have basic guiding documents (faculty handbook, student handbook, written curriculum, employment contracts, staff evaluation procedures, governing board policies, and job descriptions).
- Upon application, and later upon request, submit an independent audit, current budget, and most recent management letter in English.
- Commit to acting within the spirits of the ideals and principles enunciated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Be willing to release faculty members and other personnel to serve on visiting teams for accreditation visits to other similar schools.
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